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The Efficiency Expert (1992)

Spotswood (original title)
PG | | Comedy, Drama | 6 November 1992 (USA)
An expert on productivity shows wacky workers in 1966 Australia how to run their moccasin factory like clockwork, despite laying off more than half the workforce.

Director:

Mark Joffe
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Hopkins ... Errol Wallace
Ben Mendelsohn ... Carey
Alwyn Kurts Alwyn Kurts ... Mr. Ball
Bruno Lawrence ... Robert, Carey's Father
John Walton John Walton ... Jerry Finn
Rebecca Rigg ... Cheryl Ball
Toni Collette ... Wendy Robinson
Russell Crowe ... Kim Barry
Angela Punch McGregor Angela Punch McGregor ... Caroline Wallace
Dan Wyllie ... Frank Fletcher
John Flaus ... Gordon
Gary Adams Gary Adams ... Kevin
Jeff Truman ... Ron
Toni Lamond Toni Lamond ... Mrs. Lorna Ball
Jillian Murray ... Ophelia, Carey's Mom (as Jillian Murray)
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Storyline

Wallace is an efficiency expert, managing the high-profile downsizing of a major auto parts factory. But when he is hired to evaluate a small moccasin factory which seems from another era, Wallace has to reconsider the rapid modernization he advocates, as he is confronted by the human faces such plans hurt. Written by Mike Myers <mmyers@ucsd.edu>

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He entered their factory as the enemy. He left as their hero. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language and brief mild violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 November 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Efficiency Expert See more »

Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$101,307
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The film has also been released under the title "Spotswood", the name of the Melbourne suburb in which the film is set. See more »

Goofs

When the Anthony Hopkins character shows his wife the trophy he won at the slot car race, you can clearly see the tape on the rug that marks her spot in the shot. See more »

Quotes

First Title Card: The 1960s in Australia were a period of great upheaval, followed by downheaval and, eventually, heaval. Presiding over this indecision were great experts such as Errol Wallace and Jerry Finn. They were efficiency consultants.
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The 1960s in Australia were a period of great upheaval, followed by downheaval and, eventually, heaval. Presiding over this indecision were great experts such as Errol Wallace and Jerry Finn. They were efficiency consultants. See more »

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Features My Name's McGooley, What's Yours? (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Deep In the Heart of Texas
Written by June Hershey (as Hershey) and Don Swander (as Swandler)
Performed by Geoff Love Banjos
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Film captures the working and management class cultures
8 August 1999 | by polyglot-4See all my reviews

As an American who lived in Australia for about 3 years, I found that this film captured a lot of "Australianisms" that are hard to pinpoint, but are definitely from the Australian culture and different than the US culture. Probably the most noticeable to me was the worker vs management mentality that is so much more exaggerated in Oz. One of the most ironic things I found about their culture was how much they protested that, unlike England, there was no class system down under. But, to me as an outsider it seemed very class driven but instead of upper and lower classes they were blue collar and white collar.

Overall a touching film which I always wonder how much is going right over the heads of Americans.


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